Northeast Side of Crunden-Martin, October 2021

I photographed the east side of Crunden-Martin back in the summer of 2020, and not much had changed. The hulking buildings are still vacant, and are built of a sort of pale red brick. A portion of the terracotta cornice, which may have been white or cream-colored when it was originally installed but has turned…

South Side of Crunden-Martin October 2021

It’s been almost exactly a decade since a fire ripped through one of the massive buildings of the Crunden-Martin complex in December of 2011. I came back in January of 2014, and little had changed since the conflagration except some of the scorch marks had been washed off the outside by the rain. By August…

Gingham Girl Flour Mill, Chouteau’s Landing

This anonymous cluster of buildings, one of which is obviously a grain elevator, has an incredibly important role in the history of America in the early Twentieth Century. Known variously as the George P. Plant Milling Company as well as the Gingham Girl Flour Mills, and apparently later the Corneli Seed Company by 1950, it…

Chouteau Avenue, Chouteau’s Landing, Spring 2021

Chouteau Avenue in Chouteau’s Landing is still lined with a complete street wall of buildings, and they are very well preserved. The hulking mass of the western approaches to the MacArthur Bridge, shorn of the road deck, are just to the north. This is a leftover picture from this winter nearby. Someone was burning junk…

Chouteau’s Landing, June 2020

Update: I went back to the area to photograph Crunden-Martin in October of 2021. I took a look around Chouteau’s Landing a couple of Saturdays ago, and I still marvel at the stunning buildings that fill the area. Particularly after looking at Dubuque’s revitalization of its former industrial core, I wonder why that rebirth can’t…

South Riverfront, Revisited Again Late August 2019

The railroad tracks that snake around the South Riverfront are still used, but they seem more quiet than they used to be over a century ago. I was down this way back in 2017. The views of downtown are vast from down south, and it’s hard to believe that this was once a large residential…

MacArthur Bridge, July 2018

The bridge has now been almost completely shorn of its infamous road deck, but there are still some traces of the steel trusses above the rail deck that allude to the former double function of this Mississippi River span.

Crunden Martin, Still Waiting

Update: See Crunden-Martin in the spring of 2020 here. I went back in October of 2021. What a huge company Crunden-Martin must have been back in the day, occupying all of these massive buildings. But then a fire ripped through one of the buildings, which is still gutted, as you can see. I don’t think…

Poplar Street Bridge Approaches, Revisited

Update: The construction is now complete, with the ramp now expanded to two lanes. The rebuilding of the inadequate, dangerous ramp that hugged the street grid south of the Poplar Street Bridge and gave northbound I-55 access to the eastbound lanes has begun. The piece of concrete above has changed since the last time I…